Active Collab is a project management software with time tracking and invoicing functionality. It has a balanced set of features that allow users to organize their work and teams to collaborate. It provides project visibility with different kinds of views. Users can focus on their work as it takes care of tracking time so projects are kept within budget. It is also easy to use, enabling users to create and send invoices to customers in minutes to keep the business profitable. Its open nature also provides users more deployment options.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Project and Task Management – Active Collab project management software is capable of managing multiple projects. Each user has a dashboard for their tasks and deadlines. From the dashboard, they can also see any updates to keep everyone informed and involved about important work. It is easy to search among many items for particular details with filters. When creating tasks, users can also attach files, set start and due dates, place reminders, leave comments and more. Users can choose a Gantt timeline view, a Kanban board or an overview list depending on how they want to work. Users can choose to deploy the system as SaaS or as a self-hosted version. A Basecamp migration is also possible.
- Team Collaboration – The powerful yet simple project management software helps teams stay organized and in constant communication. A shared calendar provides transparency of work and deadlines visible to all. Users can easily add events and milestones. They can use @mentions to instantly notify team members for important matters. All messages are saved. Collaborative notes allow multiple users to make edits and comments on important documents with revision history.
- Time Tracking, Invoicing, Email Integration, Reports, Mobile Apps and more – Active Collab has job rate setting and timesheets for tracking time and costs. It has a timer app so that time is automatically and accurately tracked for a particular task. Based on previous time entries, project estimate proposals can be created and be easily transformed to projects when approved. With its integrated time tracking feature, users can also create and send invoices accurately and automatically track payments, sending reminders to clients for overdue invoices. Gateway payments can be set up for clients. Email integration allows users to create tasks and post comments directly from their inbox. Reports about time, all open tasks, team workload or estimated time can be generated. Mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms are also available.
Active Collab offers their cloud plans based on the number of user members. For instance, a plan that includes for a maximum of 5 members and 5 GB of space is priced at $25 per month. All plans include for unlimited projects and clients, with SSL encryption, daily backups, support via chat, email or phone. A self-hosted plan is priced with one-time payment for a Standard license of $499, where users can have unlimited users and storage, and have total control of their data privacy. A 30-day trial period is available for the cloud version. Discounts are available for educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
Social Network Presence
Active Collab project management software is for businesses and organizations of all sizes. It is valuable for project managers, team members, business owners and professional service providers.
Some of their Clients
Clients include Intel, Harvard University, BBC, Cisco, Adobe, Apple, Disney and NASA.
Mark Gjaltema at Rebel Projects stated that they are impressed with Active Collab, especially with finding a time tracking feature that is easy for their users. They are also pleased with the insights it provides them at the project level.
Aleksander Cocek at Eemagine stated that some of the features he liked with AC are the notifications and announcements, as they provide a quick overview of recent activities and allows communication of general information with the team and clients.
Why Active Collab
Businesses that provide dollar-for-hour services to clients need a system to keep them organized, enable quick communication and easy collaboration, keep track of time and expenses, and automate many business functions such as invoicing and reporting. Active Collab is a PM software that does all these and more, also providing the option for on-premise deployment.
Active Collab is a product of A51 d.o.o., a privately held software and IT service company based in Novi Sad, Serbia. The company was founded in 2007 by Ilija Studen and Goran Radulovic. A previous open source product was built by Ilija in 2006 for his own needs as a freelancer to keep track of his projects. Together with his roomate Goran, they decided in the spring of the following year to start a company with the goal of rebuilding Active Collab from the ground up, offer it to people and charge for licenses. After 8 years, more than 10,000 organizations, and over 200,000 customers, the company continues to run the business, develop exceptional software and provide customers with a mature, well-rounded, stable and balanced product.